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Maharashtra: ASI closes Aurangzeb's tomb for 5 days after MNS issues threat

Aurangzeb’s tomb

Aurangzeb’s tomb | Photo Credit: UNKNOWN

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has shut Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's tomb here in Maharashtra for five days after a mosque committee in the area tried to lock the place, an official said on May 19.

Two days ago, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) spokesperson Gajanan Kale had in a tweet questioned the need for the monument's existence in the State and said it should be destroyed.

Later, a mosque committee in Aurangabad's Khultabad area, where the tomb is located, tried to lock the monument, which is protected by the ASI. Subsequently, the ASI deployed additional security guards at the monument.

When contacted, ASI's Aurangabad circle superintendent Milan Kumar Chauley told PTI, "Earlier, the mosque committee tried to lock the place, but we opened it. On May 18, we took a decision to shut the tomb for next five days."

"We will review the situation and then decide to open it or to keep it closed for another five days," the official said.

Notably, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi's visit to the tomb earlier this month was criticised by the ruling Shiv Sena in the State as well as the Raj Thackeray-led MNS.

Days after Mr. Owaisi's visit to the tomb, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar had wondered if such an act was aimed at creating a new controversy in Maharashtra which is functioning peacefully.

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